By Willy Peeters
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This tab was new and held no meaning for the Rangers, some of whom were insulted by the award. A group of Rangers went into town to the local Army-Navy Store and bought surplus World War II Ranger Battalion scrolls, had them modified to change “Battalion” to “Company,” and wore these custom-made insignia with pride. During November, the Rangers conducted several increasingly difficult company-sized training missions. One exercise involved traveling through swamps and making a dawn raid on a fixed-wing light aircraft field.
Both XOs went to town together once, and after that went separately. They didn’t encounter any blatant prejudice; each wanted to explore different sections of the city. Jim Queen went into town about three times during the week he was in San Francisco. C. He went into a friendly little bar twice and had to show them how to make the “Paratroopers/Airborne Cocktail” (cheap champagne with milk). The next drinks were purchased by a friendly crowd of black locals who had never seen a black Ranger officer and were sympathetic to our fighting men in Korea.
S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame for heroic actions during combat. The 2d Ranger Company was awarded the Combat Infantry Streamer, a commendation awarded to units receiving more than sixty-five percent of casualties in a particular engagement with the enemy. For their courage and valor, members of the 2d Ranger Company also received the Combat Infantry Badge or Combat Medical Badge; others earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and Silver Star. This book has provided the 2d Ranger Company’s unit history by sharing its wartime experiences, as seen largely through the eyes of Major James C.
A-6 Intruder by Willy Peeters